Top 10 Things to do in Dodge City, United States

March 17, 2018 Darwin Bolte

Don your cowboy hat and get ready for adventure Old West style - Dodge City beckons. In fact the city, made famous by the legendary Wyatt Earp and the television series "Gunsmoke," offers so many historically interesting and exciting attractions, it's hard to know where to begin. We have compiled some ideas to help you get started. At the Boot Hill Museum, Old West buffs can experience Dodge City in the 1870s, complete with a recreated saloon and an authentic cemetery. Other attractions offer opportunities to reenact famous gun fights and see wax replicas of notorious cowboys. Historic homes and a fort are also available to tour. No matter where you begin, Dodge City offers fun and excitement at every turn.
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1. Boot Hill Museum

at Front and Fifth Streets, Dodge City, KS 67801 +1 620-227-8188
Excellent
55%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 780 reviews

Boot Hill Museum

Explore the Old West at this museum dedicated to preserving the history of Dodge City, through exhibits, audiovisual programs and, in the summer, stagecoach rides and mock gunfights.

Reviewed By Teddi_MD - Sacramento, California

We enjoyed exploring this place with our two teenagers. Plenty to do for an hour or two, and lots of interesting history (if you read everything on every display, you could spend half a day or more here). The restaurants weren't open when we were there, but looks like they would be fun to experience if they were.

2. Santa Fe Trail Tracks

West Hwy 50, Dodge City, KS +1 620-225-8186
Excellent
29%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 114 reviews

Santa Fe Trail Tracks

Listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, these wagon wheel rut formations dating from the nineteenth century can be clearly seen today.

Reviewed By drwatson32 - Oklahoma

This place is several miles outside of town, but it's a pleasnat walk once you find it. We saw a lot of walkingsticks, so if your kids are into bug spotting, this is a great place to stop. Nice views, but the tracks are hard to spot, as other reviewers have already stated.

3. Boothill Casino and Resort

4000 W Comanche St, Dodge City, KS 67801-8106 +1 877-906-0777
Excellent
36%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
7%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 241 reviews

Boothill Casino and Resort

Boot Hill Casino & Resort features over 700 electronic gaming machines, 18 table games, 5 live poker tables, a 150-seat casual dining restaurant known as Firesides at Boot Hill, Wild Bill’s Beer Bar for a variety of specialty, imported and domestic beers, Cowboy Cafe for a light fare on-the-go, and also offers retail logo’ed items.

Reviewed By Carolyn W - Baldwin City, Kansas

We were in Dodge City visiting family over the holiday, and decided to go visit the Boothill Casino. The place was so full of smoke, like the exhaust fans were not working. Everyone around me was complaining of how the slot machines were swallowing their $20 in just a few minutes. This is true, I lost mine in less then 4 minutes. This place needs to be checked out by the Kansas Lottery. No I am not a sore looser, I expected to loose my $20 because this is just entertainment. But I did want to enjoy it for a little while.

4. Home of Stone

112 E Vine St, Dodge City, KS 67801-4912
Excellent
61%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 33 reviews

Home of Stone

Visitors can tour this three-story limestone house, built in 1881, to view period furniture and clothing.

Reviewed By Swimfins - San Salvador, El Salvador

The home is incredible and the guide's passion for the place is evident.

The kids were fascinated with the accruements of everyday life - chamberpots (!), the kitchen utensils, etc. The bannister is some fantastic woodwork.

The tour is free and there's an opportunity to provide a donation for the building's upkeep at the end (they don't pressure about it).

5. Cattle Feedlot Overlook

US Hwy 50/56, Dodge City, KS
Excellent
28%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
29%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 74 reviews

Cattle Feedlot Overlook

Visitors can view a large cattle operation in action.

Reviewed By diane j

The directions at this link are incorrect. After finding it with the help of a previous reviewer, I wish I hadn't. It is so sad.

6. Kansas Teachers' Hall of Fame

603 5th Ave, Dodge City, KS 67801-4335 +1 316-225-7311
Excellent
55%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
9%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 33 reviews

Kansas Teachers' Hall of Fame

Unique museum dedicated to the teaching profession featuring books, desks and other items from early classrooms.

Reviewed By Nathan H - Lamar, Missouri

We went to see the wax museum and found out these were in the same building. The wax museum had some good statues in it and the history on each of the displays but when we got thru looking at the was figures the ladies working the counter met us and gave us a tour of the teachers history and showed us a lot of the books and supplies used in early day school rooms. These ladies are retired teachers and very full of knowledge and very interesting to talk with. They are all very passionate about with the work they do and share their knowledge of personal experiences. It $8 per person to get in.

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7. Dodge City Zoo

Wright Park, Dodge City, KS +1 316-227-8066
Excellent
43%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 38 reviews

Dodge City Zoo

Small zoo that features more than 45 mammals and birds on display.

Reviewed By chinashop53 - Reno, Nevada

Taking the hot day into perspective Zoo was nice small and for the tight budget Free. Buffalo calf was running around, most others like the bear cougar and bobcat were resting inside out of the heat. Pleasant way to relax and enjoy a travel break.

8. Cowboy Statue On Boot Hill

Front Street & Fifth Street, Dodge City, KS +1 620-227-8188
Excellent
47%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
4%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 24 reviews

Cowboy Statue On Boot Hill

With the inscription "On the ashes of my campfire this city is built," this monument pays tribute to the cowboy era and cattle drive.

Reviewed By Tupelo010835 - Denton, TX

While it is indeed "just a statue" what it represents is noteworthy. It evokes dusty memories of long ago and a time when genuine cowboys, underpaid lawmen and a bunch of just plain bad hombres roamed the west and spent time in Dodge City. Well worth a visit.
Recommended

9. Dodge City Trail of Fame

100 W Wyatt Earp Blvd, Dodge City, KS 67801-4447 +1 620-561-1925
Excellent
41%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
8%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 61 reviews

Dodge City Trail of Fame

Reviewed By Connie C - Grapeland, Texas

We did and followed it to see the medallions with the names, in some cases hand prints, of some famous western actors. There are just a few statues and the store fronts aren't very fitting into the western theme. The area had some men just hanging out which was a bit uncomfortable when walking through the area. Overall it wasn't impressive.

10. El Capitan

Second & Front Streets, Dodge City, KS
Excellent
41%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
3%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

El Capitan

Designed by Jasper D'Ambrosi, this bronze monument commemorates the Texas cattle drives during the 19th century.

Reviewed By dos_worldwide - Europe

El Capitan created by Jasper D’Ambrosi is a life size statue of a ‘Long Horn Steer’ commemorating the 1875-1885 Texas cattle drives. Situated in Downtown ‘historic’ dodge he’s easy to find and you can get quite a frighteningly real sensation of what a truly large beast they were and why they were used to lead the cattle.

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